Monday, May 10, 2021

Registered Nurse Pay in the Southwest

Recently published data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that, as of May 2020, there were more than 2,986,000 registered nurses (RNs) employed in the U.S.  Nearly 325,000 of those RN jobs were in the four-state Southwest region of the country.  BLS data reveals the Southwest as a modestly below average one for registered nurse pay.  Although three states in the region rank in the upper half  nationally for RN annual mean wages, only in Arizona do registered nurses earn in excess of the national average.  BLS data from May 2020 reveals the following about registered nurse pay in the Southwest:

Registered Nurse Pay in the Southwest

Registered Nurse Pay in the Southwest


State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AZ 55,520 $80,380 15th
NM 17,100 $75,700 19th
OK 32,950 $66,600 41st
TX 219,330 $76,800 17th
U.S. 2,986,500 $80,010 -------

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states and the District of Columbia

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on May 5, 2021

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